Letters: Poverty, food fraud and oil

Oct 21, 2008
From the Marketplace mailbox, Kai Ryssdal pulls out some of the letters sent in by listeners. In the selection: comments on calculating the poverty line, food fraud, the financial crisis and the dropping price of oil.
Posted In: Agriculture, Economy, Food, Health, Oil

Living with food scares in China

Oct 14, 2008
Melamine, the chemical found in tainted milk in China, has begun to show up in other products. Scott Tong reports from Shanghai what it's like to worry about everything you eat and drink.
Posted In: Agriculture, Food, Health, Science

Ag exports are too big for containers

Sep 11, 2008
Agricultural exports have been going strong but American farmers are frustrated because they could be exporting even more, if not for a bottleneck in shipping. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Agriculture

Even higher food prices on the horizon

Aug 21, 2008
Prices have eased at the gas pump lately, but not in the grocery stores. We're seeing the highest food price inflation in 20 years, and the government's forecasting more increases in 2009. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Agriculture, Economy, Food, Retail

Using technology to grow more food

Aug 20, 2008
Hugh Grant is the head of Monsanto, which creates technology to increase harvests. It's also the world's biggest producer of genetically modified seeds. Grant talks about the controversial topic of technology and food.
Posted In: Agriculture, Food, Health, Science

Farmers take 'Garden State' literally

Jul 29, 2008
With the cost of equipment and land, it seems you have to be a millionaire to buy a farm. But in New Jersey, there seems to be an influx of new farmers. Matt Hackworth reports how they get around the high prices.
Posted In: Agriculture

Local growers help companies cut costs

Jul 28, 2008
Buying locally grown food is good PR for companies. But it turns out that, with rising diesel prices, there's a lot more to gain than a good reputation. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Agriculture, Food, Oil

A new USDA label for biotech

Jul 22, 2008
Today, the Department of Agriculture holds a meeting to discuss a new label for products made from soy or other alternatives to petrochemicals. Amy Scott has more on bio-based products and the expanding market for them.
Posted In: Agriculture

Wildlife concerns plant Ag plan in court

Jul 17, 2008
The Agriculture Department wants to open up conservation land for grazing and hay production, a move environmental groups say could harm wildlife. Renita Jablonski reports.
Posted In: Agriculture

Grain prices eat at organic industry

Jul 3, 2008
Organic food producers are feeling the pinch of surging grain prices, and some are predicting an all-out contraction. Sam Eaton hangs out with one dairy farmer who has gone into the red to feed his cows.
Posted In: Agriculture